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5 – Seeking knowledge in order to be able to follow the rulings on fasting and to understand the virtues of Ramadaan.
6 – Hastening to complete any tasks that may distract the Muslim from doing acts of worship.
7 – Sitting with one’s family members – wife and children – to tell them of the rulings on fasting and encourage the young ones to fast.
8 – Preparing some authentic Islamic books which can be read at home or given to the imam of the mosque to read to the people during Ramadaan.
9 – Fasting some of the month of Sha’baan in preparation for fasting Ramadaan.
‘Aa’ishah (radiallahuaniah) said: The Messenger (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) ……… And I never saw the Messenger (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) complete a month of fasting except Ramadaan, and I never saw him fast more in any month than in Sha’baan. Bukhaari.
Usaamah ibn Zayd said: I said: O Messenger of Allaah, I do not see you fasting in any month as you fast in Sha’baan? He said: “That is a month that people neglect between Rajab and Ramadaan, but it is a month in which people’s deeds are taken up to the Lord of the Worlds and I would like my deeds to be taken up when I am fasting.” Saheeh al-Nasaa’i.
10 – Reading Qur’aan
Salamah ibn Kuhayl said: It was said that Sha’baan was the month of the Qur’aan readers.
When Sha’baan began, ‘Amr ibn Qays would close his shop and free his time for reading Qur’aan. Abu Bakr al-Balkhi said: The month of Rajab is the month for planting, the month of Sha’baan is the month of irrigating the crops, and the month of Ramadaan is the month of harvesting the crops. He also said: The likeness of the month of Rajab is that of the wind, the likeness of Sha’baan is that of the clouds and the likeness of Ramadaan is that of the rain; whoever does not plant and sow in Rajab, and does not irrigate in Sha’baan, how can he reap in Ramadaan? This is how our Prophet and the early generations of the ummah were in this blessed month.
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